The Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride Festival is an annual series of events which celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer life in Dublin, Ireland.
TAOISEACH Micheál Martin has defended State broadcaster RTÉ as "forward-looking" after the Liveline transgender row but stressed that public discussions over such issues needed to be both sensitive and tolerant.
Some people may have listened to those four fateful days of Liveline, the ones which led to Dublin Pride ending its partnership with the state broadcaster, and wondered what all the fuss was about.
Why do we still need Pride? This year, that question has been answered in very public, graphic and hurtful ways with the burning of Pride flags in Waterford, hateful graffiti in Dublin city centre and the online abuse of high-profile members of our community.
Pride is a vital celebration of sexual diversity and self-affirmation – so the festival must save itself before it loses itself. A stifling combination of “woke capitalism” and Pride’s over-extension to a month-long event means the effect of it is being diluted.
Dublin Pride 2021 Festival continues all this month and, today in Tolka Park, Dublin Devils FC, an LGBT+ and inclusive team offering football from social kickabouts to competitive 11-a-side, will take on a Shelbourne legends side.
Pride month has officially kicked off across the country. More than 60,000 people attended the last Pride parade in Dublin back in June 2019, filling O’Connell Street with rainbow flags and colours. While the same won’t happen this year, event organisers have said: “We know we will never be able to replicate a real parade – but that doesn’t mean we stop trying.”
For all your maritime-related needs, you can find everything from tide times to coastal culture available on a new app called The Sea. Created by sea-swimming environmentalist Peter O’ Brien, it offers useful information for swimmers and water-sport enthusiasts, including water temperature and swell height. It also highlights ways to get involved in environmental issues, like becoming a Clean Coasts volunteer or looking up petitions like Save Keem Beach. The podcast section, Sea Pod, features interviewees such as surfer Easkey Britton and Eco Eye presenter Anja Murray with a focus on wellbeing and the benefits of the sea. thesea.ie
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